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All groups of drivers may have some risk factors which can put them at risk of a car accident. For young drivers, however, peer pressure and less driving experience, driving can be especially dangerous. Studies have found younger drivers may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as hood surfing, drag racing, and other dangerous risks. If you have a teen or young driver in your home and want to reduce their risk of being in a Hollywood or Florida car accident, you need to be aware of the dangers.

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Drag Racing

Drag racing has been around since the 1920s and for many years was popularized in movies, shows, and music videos, which has given young drivers the idea to try it. Races are often held late at night or early in the morning in remoter areas and because of the speed involved, serious injuries can occur.

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It is important that only qualified and licensed drivers over the age of 16 are allowed to operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, some children drive before they are 16 and before they have gotten the proper training and licensing. This puts not only them but others around them in danger as these drivers do not have the skills to drive safely and may not know how to execute turns, stops or other moves safely. They may also be more prone to excessive speeds or dangerous maneuvers when compared with licensed drivers.

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There are many reasons why teenagers who are under the age of 16 decide to drive without a license. In some cases, they are passionate about video games or movies which show driving and are eager to try it for themselves. In other cases, older friends encourage them to drive in isolated areas just to try out this form of freedom. Sometimes, peer pressure contributes to underage driving. In all cases, it is a serious risk. Underage driving can mean a visit from the police and can land your child in trouble. Worse, your child can be seriously injured or even fatally injured in a car crash caused by an inexperienced driver. You need to be concerned not only with your own child getting behind the wheel, but with your child being in a car with an underage driver.

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Spring break can be a fun and exciting time, full of memories that will last a lifetime. However, this time of year also means an influx of young tourists into Florida and the Hollywood area, which can create an increased risk for car accident and pedestrian collisions.

Here’s how you can safe during spring break:

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Teenagers still need to get the message about seatbelts, with research showing that 16-24 is the age group using these life-saving devices least. In fact, most fatal car accidents involving teens include teenagers not wearing seatbelts.

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There are many reasons why teens may not device to wear seat belts. It may be an expression of independence or rebellion. In some cases, teens may simply have a hard time believing they might get in a car crash or be seriously injured. No matter what the cause, the result is the same: in many car collisions in Hollywood and Florida, teens are not taking the basic precaution which can keep them safe.

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For many teens, a driver’s license is a sign of independence. However, the CDC lists driver independence as the leading cause of the estimated 2,300 teen driver fatalities sustained in 2015 alone. According to the CDC, parents play a crucial role in teen driver safety.

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It comes down to more than you being a role model. There are several things you can do to ensure your child doesn’t have so much independence that they are at risk of a Hollywood traffic accident:

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Speeding is a major risk factor for young drivers. Many parents assume their teens don’t speed because they don’t see their teenagers speeding. However, experts agree that the way teenagers drive with their parents isn’t necessarily the way they drive when they think their parents aren’t watching. Even if you think your child doesn’t speed, it’s important to take steps now to prevent dangerous driving.

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Speeding is intensely dangerous for teen drivers because teens may not realize the effect of very high speeds. At very high speeds, a new driver, especially, may lose control of their car and may be unable to correct the situation. The results of any high-speed collision in Hollywood or your community can be devastating.

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Statistics show that while most teenagers understand the dangers of drinking and driving, an alarming number of teens still choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to one 2011 study, one in four teens stated they would ride with a driver who was under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana.

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Simply telling your teens about the dangers of drinking and driving may not be enough. But experts say there are ways to get the message across. If you want your teen to avoid becoming involved in a DUI crash in Homestead or your community, consider:

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Part of parenting is helping your children learn how to stay safe. If you have a child who is a teenager and will soon be getting their driver’s license or has already secured their license, one of the important tasks you have as a parent is to ensure your child is the safest driver possible.

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There are several things you can do to help your child avoid car accidents that can lead to injuries for them and for others on the road:

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Now that school is starting again, the morning commute may be a subject of conversation around your house in Hollywood or your community. If you have young drivers in your household, they may be excited at the prospect of driving to school.

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Young drivers are often serious about learning to drive safely, but they still have less experience on the roads when compared with older drivers. This can put teen drivers at a risk of collisions. The morning commute, especially, can be a daunting time for teens to drive, because this time of day can mean lots of traffic in the Hollywood and South Florida area. If your teens want to drive to school for the first time, there are a few things you’ll want to do:

1) Make sure they’re ready.

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Teenagers who have just secured their driver’s licenses inevitably want the freedom of their own car. Unfortunately, because of budget concerns, they may be choosing a much older model without some of the safety features of a modern car. Studies have shown older cars purchased by teenagers may have fewer safety standards and may potentially put them at risk in the event of a car accident.

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Of course, you want your child to be safe. That’s why you’ll want to follow these tips for ensuring your child gets a safe car:

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